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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgThe Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University held its annual Science Day Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants had the opportunity to spend the day as a science student. Special presentations in chemistry, biology and forensic science occurred in addition to a tour of the marine biology lab, all hosted by professors and students.

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Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fourth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year.

More than 367 student chapter annual activity reports were reviewed by the Society Committee on Education (SOCED). As a result of the reports, 263 awards were given, including 53 “Outstanding,” 85 “Commendable,” and 125 “Honorable Mention” awards. Waynesburg University was one of only 53 chapters selected to receive the “Outstanding Award.”

Under the direction of Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry at Waynesburg University, and Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Waynesburg University, the ACS student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year.

Activities included monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community and the Food Chemistry and Green Chemistry programs offered to local Girl Scout members, among many others. Student chapter members also provide service to the department, work to foster community within the group through social events offered throughout the academic year, and participate in National Chemistry Week including volunteering at ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center and hosting the Periodic Table of Cupcakes on campus.

According to Baldauff, this award is substantial because it represents the efforts of the Department of Chemistry.

“This award is emblematic of the service-oriented spirit of students at Waynesburg University,” Baldauff said. “Our ACS students put in countless hours in planning and organizing these outreach events simply because they want to educate and excite others about science. I could not be more proud of their accomplishment.”

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Dr. Miranda Li Wu read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.”

For more information, contact Baldauff at 724-852-3617.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-15-haunted-lab-resized.jpgWaynesburg University’s American Chemical Society’s Student Chapter will host its annual Haunted Lab event Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Stewart Science Hall on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The Haunted lab is an all-ages event designed to showcase unique chemistry experiments with a seasonal twist.  Attendees will be able to both observe demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities,” said Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science.

Designed to promote science education by showcasing fun and exciting demonstrations, all ages can benefit from this event. Participants will be guided throughout the experiment and activity stations run by University students and faculty members on the third floor of Stewart Science Hall. It will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to walk through the Haunted Lab.

This year’s activity stations include boogie monster’s toothpaste, glowing worms, spooky slime and the fire rainbow.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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forensic science conference attendee

Waynesburg University's Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted the American Academy of Forensic Science Educators Conference from Tuesday, August 7, through Thursday, August 9, on the campus of Waynesburg University. 

“The teachers had the opportunity to receive professional, hands-on forensic training from some of the area's top experts in serology, DNA identification, trace evidence, latent print and impression evidence, crime scene processing and drug identification,” said Mike Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science and director of the forensic science program. 

According to the American Academy of Forensic Science, the goal of the conference was to increase science teachers' knowledge of the forensic sciences and to assist them as they enrich and/or develop challenging, innovative curricula. 

“I have gained the tools, skills and confidence necessary to teach forensics for the first time,” said Maggie Chambers, a biology and forensics high school teacher from Redmond, Wash. “This opportunity to network and share ideas with experts and other teachers has been invaluable.”

Waynesburg University faculty members, including Cipoletti; Adam Jack, assistant professor of forensic science and chair of criminal justice and social science; and Marietta Wright, assistant professor of biology, led a majority of the sessions including General Crime Scene Processing, DNA Analysis and Interpretation, Latent Print Development and Drug Identification.

Waynesburg University coordinated additional speakers including Detective Tim Sethman (Westmoreland County), Peter Alex (FBI Criminal Justice Information Services), Sara Bittner (Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office), Trooper Rich Hunter (Pennsylvania State Police) and Allison Murtha (RJ Lee Group).

“All of the presenters are experienced trainers and/or educators, so they were able to share ideas and tips that the teachers may be able to use in their own classrooms and labs,” Cipoletti said. 

Among the conference attendees were educators from all over the country, including Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Virginia and Washington. 

“I came to this conference looking to enhance my background knowledge in forensics, and I have certainly learned a lot,” said Karen Wickersham, a high school teacher from Troy, Mich. “ I'll leave here with a lot of new ideas.”

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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